‘Mary’: Mary J Blige’s Soulful Return To Her R&B Roots

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Aug 17, 2019 · 5 min read

Da’Shan Smith

Throughout her career, Mary J Blige has received many titles to describe her unique brand of soul. On her fourth studio album, Mary, the “queen of hip-hop soul” stripped away her usual contemporary sounds, opting for a classic R&B approach. No longer masking her ornate bravado with hip-hop samples and Uptown vocals, Blige took a plunge into the newly…